Нурлан Насип

Nurlan Nasip (Нурлан Насип) is a Kyrgyz pop singer and occasional actor. He was born in 1990 in Toktogul to a large, rather musical family: Nasip’s father plays the accordion, and an aunt plays the komuz, a traditional Kyrgyz musical instrument. Several of his siblings sing and play the guitar. He himself plays several instruments, in addition to singing.

Nasip attended a music academy after finishing school, graduating in 2010. He started his independent music career before that, though: he began performing “Soul” (“Жаным”), his first hit, in 2008.

His career has been going steadily since those beginnings, and he now regularly appears on radio hit parades and gives concerts often. In addition, in May 2016 he was one of the entries in Russian radio station Mir’s “World Hit Parade” contest, a monthly event in which listeners from the CIS and Georgia vote on the best song from their country.

Nasip is also generally a member of the in-crowd of contemporary Kyrgyz singers: he considers himself a friend of Omar’s, for example, and often performs in concerts among impressive lineups that include others among the Kyrgyz pop elite. This past summer, he, along with Yulia Rutskaya (Юлия Руцкая) and Aiyma Aiylchieva (Айыма Айылчиева), performed in the Bishkek concert of popular Russian pop singer Valeriya (Валерия). (And his personal Instagram recently featured a photo of him with Kyrgyz legend Bek Borbiev!)

Nasip also has a burgeoning film career to his name: in 2014 he played the lead role in Bravo, a Kyrgyz comedy.

 

“Soul” (“Жаным”):

 

Lyrics for “Жаным”:

Кылыктанып карайсың жүрөктү жаралап,
Кыялдарга батамын учуп сабалап.
Бир күнүм кылымдарга татып барат, жаным,
Билдирсем окшойт ойду сага абайлап.

Кайырма:

Эгер билсең жүрөгүмдүн ээси сен,
Сезимдерди бүлүндүрүп ээрчиткен.
Эгер билсең, жаным, ошондойсуң, жаным,
Ойлорума бүлүк салып тентиткен.

Сылык сүйлөйсүң, жаным, тамырды аралап,
Ак сүйүүмдү деги сен жүрбө табалап.
Бир көз ирмемден жашоом токтогонсуп барат,
Айтат окшойм сүйүүмдү сага абайлап.

 

“Younger Sister” (“Карындаш”):

 

Lyrics for “Карындаш”:

Күтүүсүз сүйүү жаралып,
Күн сайын барам арбалып.
Секелек кызды жактырган,
Жүрөккө турам таң калып.

Кайырма:
Сен бир карап койсоң жүрөк эзилет,
“Байке” деген сөзүң “жаным” сезилет.
Жылуу сезим берген, эрке карындаш.
Сен менен бактым, келечегим көрүнөт.

Айырма бир топ эле жаш,
А бирок сендей табылбас.
“Байке” деп жүрөк эзбечи,
Сүйөмүн сени, карындаш.

Кайырма

 

Julie is currently studying Russian as a Second Language in Irkutsk (and before that, Bishkek) with SRAS's Home and Abroad Scholarship program, with the goal of someday having some sort of Russia/Eurasia-related career. She recently got her master’s degree from the University of Glasgow and the University of Tartu, where she studied women’s dissent in Soviet Russia. She also has a bachelor’s degree in literature from Yale. Some of her favorite Russian authors are Sorokin, Shishkin, Il’f and Petrov, and Akhmatova. In her spare time Julie cautiously practices martial arts, reads feminist websites, and taste-tests instant coffee for her blog.